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Trish Haak

Trish Haak


13 years of experience

At times we find ourselves overwhelmed, searching for answers, distraught, stuck, or even struggling. Wherever you are, I'm here to meet you with authenticity and without judgment. My recent focus includes college students, professional students, veterinary/medical students/professionals, and those experiencing grief and loss, including companion animal; although, I've served preschool through elderly across many settings. As a yoga teacher, I embrace the mind-body connection for healing and growth from cumulative stress and trauma. My style is collaborative and strengths-based to assist you in honoring your true north. My focus with veterinary medical professionals is mitigating compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. I hold certifications in veterinary social work, trauma treatment, and animal hospice and palliative care (IAAHPC). It takes courage to be vulnerable and discover your inner potential within challenging circumstances. I applaud you for taking this step for yourself. It is a gift. Education: Post-Master Veterinary Social Work, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2020 Post-Master School Social Work, University of Washington-Seattle, 2010 MSW Clinical Practice, University of Washington-Seattle, 2005 BA Psychology, North Carolina State University, 1996 Licenses and Certifications: Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 hours, Yoga Alliance, 2023 Certified Trauma Treatment Professional, Evergreen Certifications, 2023 Certified Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker, IAAHPC, 2022 Certified Veterinary Social Worker, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2020 Licensed Clinical Social Worker, VA, 0904008638 Licensed School Social Worker, WA, 2010 Former Certified Gymnastics Coach and Judge Level 1-7

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

I will gather your historical information which may be very useful in our work together. Initially, sessions are typically weekly as we work together to determine a frequency that is best for you. I offer tools, resources, and strategies for you to practice in between sessions. I will also work with other providers and make recommendations as needed.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My biggest strengths are meeting you where you are in a non-judgmental space, exploring your strengths, and determining your needs to optimize your processing and learning both in session and out.

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My treatment methods


I use a variety of elements from many different treatment methods including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Positive Psychology, Warden's Grief Model, and evidence-based practices for trauma recovery. Most importantly, I embrace a strengths perspective that focuses on what you are experiencing in the many aspects of your life, internally and externally.

Person-centered (Rogerian)

I am a Certified Veterinary Social Worker with experience working in a veterinary teaching hospital and support veterinary/allied animal health professionals and animal owners. I am trained to support individuals, families and groups with animal assisted interventions, grief and bereavement, compassion fatigue, conflict mediation, and the Link between human and animal violence. My style is Rogerian while I use a variety of therapeutic approaches as a VSW.